Pixel Buds’ real-time translation feature coming to all Google Assistant headphones

Ruben Fields
October 16, 2018

The Google Pixel 3 is set to hit shops 18 October and comes with a 12.2MP rear camera with f/1.8 and 8MP dual-front cameras. Google quietly changed a support page for its Pixel Buds, which now states that "Google Translate is available on all Assistant-optimized headphones and Android phones". However, despite the unparalleled computational photography performance, the Pixel phones have always been lacking one thing - the ability to record audio via external microphones using the stock camera app. Google has heard complaints about the issue and is now ready to fix it. So to achieve better sounding videos, users needed third-party camera apps. Luckily, the software update will apparently be applied to all versions of the Google Pixel device.

The 5.5-inch Pixel 3 and 6.3-inch 3XL will cost US$799 ($1220) and US$899, respectively.

The news was confirmed in a Pixel User Community thread, where someone from the Pixel Camera Team revealed that an update was in the works. The Google Pixel 3 reportedly fell short in reclaiming the top spot.

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Until now, Pixel owners haven't been able to use an external microphone with the default camera app. "At the same time as Pixel 3 launch (October 18th), we will introduce support for Android-compatible plugged-in external microphones in the default camera app for all Pixels".

The Pixel line-up is no slouch when it comes to shooting videos either, and can capture everything from slo-mo videos to 4K footage. "I hope you all enjoy the update", this was highlighted on the Google Forum. People can now pre-order the Google Pixel 3 with a price starting at $799.

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